Man Who Raped a Child Received 30 Year Sentence

For Immediate Release
Monday, March 24, 2008
For more information, please contact
Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Wilbert Caldwell of Ridgeland was sentenced to 30 years for sexual battery, with ten years suspended. Caldwell will be required to spend every day in prison and will not be eligible to be released until he is 68 years old. Upon his release from the Mississippi Department of Corrections, he will have to register as a sex offender.

The victim was first raped by a family member when she was only six years of age and it continued until she entered the tenth grade. The rapes took place when the victim would spend the night with the family member. In addition, Caldwell would watch the victim’s house until the victim’s mother left for work. He would then enter the child’s home where he would rape the victim.

Guest stated, “A family member should be someone who will protect a child from individuals who would cause them harm. Unfortunately, Caldwell took advantage of his position of authority and trust to prey upon an innocent child. This six year old child experienced things that no child should be subjected to.”

Guest added, “Pedophiles and those individuals who prey upon our children must realize that the citizens of Madison County will not allow these crimes to go unpunished. My office will continue to working with law enforcement to see that justice is served, and we will not back away from our commitment to protecting innocent children.”

District Attorney Michael Guest was sworn into office in January 2008 and represents the Twentieth Judicial District, Madison and Rankin Counties.